Lahiri set to play on 2nd day of President's Cup
Jersey City, Sep 29 (PTI) Anirban Lahiri, who sat out on the first day, will get his first chance to feature in the ongoing President's Cup as he was named to play the four-ball alongside South African Charl Schwartzel on the second day.
Lahiri, who failed to score any points in his three matches in Presdent's Cup 2015, will be looking to get over that statistic as he goes out in the second last pairing with the 2011 Masters winner, Schawartzel.
"I have been looking forward to this match for two years, even since Korea. I am all pumped and Charl is a great teammate, so we should do well," said Lahiri.
The Indo-South African pair will take on US's rookie pair Kevin Chappell and Charley Hoffman. Schwartzel is playing his fourth Presidents Cup and Lahiri is playing his second one.
International captain Nick Price while pairing Lahiri with Schwartzel, said, "Anirban is a great partner for anybody, but he'll be good for Charl. And Charl will take over maybe the more older statesman or the more mature guy, the more experienced guy in that group."
On splitting Hideki Matsuyama and Schwartzel, he added, "You know, he (Hideki) has had such a huge year. I think he's probably a little tired but he played so well in the practice rounds. I think today, it was a little bit of a ball issue with the two of them, which, you know, we did not really pick up because it was not windy the last two practice days. So that affected Charl a little bit more than it did Hideki.
On the first day, the US, once again, took a handy lead of 3.5 to 1.5 as they won three, lost one and halved the last match of the day, where veteran Phil Mickelson's par putt from six foot for a win went past the hole.
Schwartzel playing with Hideki Matsuyama, one of the biggest hopes for the International team, lost heavily 6 and 4, the biggest margin of the day, to America's lead pairing, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler.
Even though Thomas and Fowler were 1-down after the first two holes, they won four out of the next five to seize control of the match. That included a Fowler chip-in on the third hole for birdie. As Thomas birdied the par-4 12th to US 5-up they closed out the match on the par-4 14th.
Two years ago, Fowler won the opening match for US, when he partnered Jimmy Walker to beat Lahiri and Thongchai Jaidee in foursomes.
Schwartzel has never won a point in six career Presidents Cup foursomes matches